Governors head to D.C., minds set on economy: Governors from both parties often agree on issues where they think the federal government is encroaching on states, said John Dinan, a political science professor at Wake Forest University. For example: A provision in last year’s health care law bars states from reducing Medicaid eligibility until 2014 — giving governors little flexibility to deal with their budget woes. “Even on this issue, where partisan lines run pretty deep, there are issues that all governors should be able to recognize,” Dinan said. “You’re not seeing them taking on the essence of the Affordable Care Act.”

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